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Entrance Tunnel

Tunnel (stadium entrance)


On the west side of the track, at a point just before (south of) the 200-foot marker, the stone seats are interrupted by two parallel walls that extend back (west) into the hillside.  Capped with slabs that follow the hillslope up, this passageway ends at the vaulted tunnel that the athletes used as their entrance;  this is the precise equivalent of the tunnel at Olympia which Pausanias (6.20.8) called the Hidden Entrance (krypte esodos).  Unless one is directly opposite the entrance, it does seem to be hidden.



Nemea Stadium


The tunnel is just over 36 m. in length and is for the most part in a very good condition, especially since the restoration work in 2011-2012.  Dated securely to about 320 B.C. or earlier, the vault is one of the earliest attested from ancient Greece.  Together with tombs in Macedonia, it shows that engineers from the time of Alexander the Great – before the advent of concrete – knew and used this architectural form.



 View through the tunnel toward the track after restoration work, 2012 (cf. Press Release #11).




Telestas, ancient graffiti



Tunnel painting

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